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Pastor Gerald Wheaton & First Lady Betty Wheaton
I came into the knowledge of the grace message in August of 1983. I was a member of the United States Army Reserve and was stationed at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas for two weeks of training. It was during this training that an officer who was part of my class invited me to his house for dinner and a discussion of the Scriptures.
My eyes were opened to the blessedness of the message of grace and the word of God rightly divided according to II Timothy 2:15. I received the message with whole heartedness and immediately began to proclaim it upon arriving back home in Willis, Texas. For the next twenty-one years I bounced from church to church because of their rejection of the message.
It was during this time of rejection that I turned my attention to home Bible studies and street ministry. I thank the Lord for my Mother-in-Law, Ada Jean James, whom I led to the Lord. For over fifteen years she was my biggest encourager---and sometimes my only audience. Through her faithfulness and eagerness to be taught I was carried along.
I owe much thanks to the Berean Bible Society, who played a major role in equipping me in the message of God’s grace. Although I have no formal theological training, God has instilled within me a passion for the study of His word and a love for those who desire to learn of Him.
We have a motto at Grace Bible Church—‘Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things for the Lord.’ This is not only the motto of the church, but also of my personal ministry in life.
Finally, a word of thanks to my lovely wife, Betty L. Wheaton, who has stood by me in season, and out of season for twenty-six years. We have four children: Chad, Craig, Casey, and Cayla.
Pastor Gerald Wheaton--December 2008
Php 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Php 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
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